10 Cafes in Japan That Belong in Your Instagram Feed
They'll bring out the photographer in you!
The cafe culture in Japan is quite strong, and we're not surprised. Each one has something unique and interesting to offer--from desserts that double as artwork to spaces that resemble a fantasy wonderland. In this article, we've rounded up some of the must-visit cafes in the country that won’t only satisfy your cravings, but will also be worth an IG post or two.
Taking inspiration from the design of the espresso machine of the store, ConnectCoffee’s interiors feature wooden elements with splashes of black and white. These offer a cozy ambience perfect for some drinking coffee and hanging out with friends--especially with the music playing from the cafe's antique stereo. Another reason why this coffee shop should be on your go-to list? It’s owned by one of the best latte artists in Japan!
ConnectCoffee is located at 5-6-13, Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Pokemon fans, there’s finally a Pokemon-themed cafe in Japan that’s not a pop-up! Together with the new Pokemon Center at Takashimaya Department Store, the first-ever permanent Pokemon Cafe recently opened last March. And judging from its evolving Pokemon-inspired menu, this is definitely "the very best."
Pokemon Cafe is located at Takashimaya Department Store, 241 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
ECONECO Café & Sweet
The first café of the brand ECONECO, pink perfect ECONECO Café & Sweet is created by a popular illustrator. Aside from the two themed floors with cute interiors, the shop also offers yummy desserts like ice cream and serves coffee and tea. They use Italian brand Illy for their coffee and ceylon tea from Le Monded’d Alice for their tea.
ECONECO Cafe & Sweet is located at Shinsaibashi Dai 3 NSD Building, 3-6-18 Minamifunaba, Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka.
Salagadoola Cafe inside Cafe and Dining Bar 367°
Bean-to-bar chocolate shop Salagadoola is setting the record straight: Healthy can be delicious, and vice-versa. In collaboration with Cafe and Dining Bar 367°, the Omotesando cafe is now offering a nutritious, and dare we say it, mouth-watering cocoa nibs menu. Order the double tap-worthy Cocoa Nib Bowl, a medley of cocoa nib granola, extra virgin coconut oil, fresh fruits, and plain roasted and sugar-roasted cocoa nibs.
Cafe and Dining Bar 367° is located at 3-6-7 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.
Shaun the Sheep Café with Sunday Brunch
To celebrate animated character Shaun the Sheep’s 10th anniversary, Aardman Animations, in partnership with Japanese department store chain Parco, has opened a branch of Shaun the Sheep Café with Sunday Brunch in Tokyo. See the friendly faces of Shaun and his friends on your food (or drinks!) when you dine at the café, and make sure to get a hold of kawaii souvenir items before they run out!
Shaun the Sheep Cafe with Sunday Brunch is located at 4/F PARCO, Kichijoji, Tokyo.
Ookami no Kuchi
Ookami no Kuchi renovated a 100-year-old Japanese barn to become a calm and relaxing space. The most famous menu item here is the English scone that’s crispy on the outside and rich and moist on the inside. Several kinds of scones are baked every day, and many buy them for takeout as well.
Ookami no Kuchi is located at 6-3-35 Meinohama, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka City.
grignoter in Fukuoka City is another cafe that is popular among women since it looks like a scene from a picture book. When you order their sweets on the menu, make sure to pair them with the original blend by local cafe Coffee chiba.
grignoter is located at Maison Yakuin 2F, 4-2-13 Yakuin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City.
If ever you’re around the Sanjo shopping district, make sure to drop by KAMEE COFFEE. Aside from its famous Okinawa-sourced sweets and foods and hand-drip coffee and espresso, you’ll appreciate the interiors of the cafe, which give off a warm, relaxed vibe. The building, which goes back about 80 years, features wooden timbers and makes use of recycled materials and decorative items.
Kamee Coffee is at 50-1 Kamikawara-cho Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City.
Latteart Junkies RoastingShop (2nd Kitano-tenmangu)
Expect nothing less than fascinating latte art from Latteart Junkies RoastingShop as the owner, Tsuyoshi Onishi, is a renowned barista with over 20 years of experience in the craft. Attention to detail is evident not just in the latte art and the food. Even the cups and pitchers come with assorted designs and sizes to match the artistry of the latte art the cafe is known for.
Latteart Junkies RoastingShop (2nd Kitano-tenmangu) is located at 839-3 Kamiyagawa, Kamihyo Ward, Kyoto.
One of the most artsy cafes in Himeji City, cafe Rei is famous for its special fluffy pancakes that are made with local ingredients and without additives. Its cute interiors, which are popular among women, were actually decorated by the owner. If you’re planning on dropping by this place, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting lost since it’s just a 5-minute walk from the JR Himeji Station.
cafe Rei is located at 12 Shinobumachi , Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture.